To celebrate Thanksgiving in a country that doesn’t celebrate it with a family who hasn’t cooked for it as a guy who hasn’t cooked for it either, is an experience.

I was late trying to get a turkey, so I guessed ham would have to do (I like ham better anyway). Now recipes…

Just googled them. Easy glazed ham recipe (here), basic stuffing recipe (here), simple mashed potatoes (here), and to finish a nice, yummy apple pie (here). Now, this was the night before (Nov 27) and still hadn’t gone shopping.

Have you ever tried shopping in Danish for a recipe written in English, easier than you might think. Thank you google translate! Also, I had some help from my awesome host mom, who helped find some of the weirder ingredients for a Danish store.

Started shopping at 11am, got back at 12pm, immediately started cooking. I had something in the oven starting at 12:30 until I finished at 5:30. Got the ham nicely glazed, mashed potatoes, and fresh stuffing and put the apple pie in the oven to cook during dinner.

My first Thanksgiving Dinner that I cooked by myself

After finishing, noticed that my feet were a bit sore. Hadn’t stood in one place for six hours in a long time (if ever…).

Overall, it was a great experience to cook a Thanksgiving meal for my host family in a different country and I would highly recommend it to anyone!

Published by Josiah

I am a 21 year old studying architecture and applied mathematics at Cal Poly in SLO. I am spending a full school year abroad in Copenhagen studying architecture at DIS

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